Monday, January 21, 2008

Feast of St Agnes

It is the tradition today, the feast of St Agnes, for the Pope to bless lambs. They become part of the little flock that are shawn in order to be woven into palliums. These are placed on the tomb of the Apostle Peter and then given by the Pope to new Metropolitan Archbishops, as a sign of their communion with the See of Peter.

2 comments:

gemoftheocean said...

Awwwwwwww!!!! Now that's a keeper of a picture. Thanks for posting it and mentioning the custom. I didn't know about that.

Karen

servusmariaen said...

We raised sheep when I was growing up. I remember the "bum lambs" as we called the lambs who had lost their mothers. They were such weak and frail little things. We children would do our best to nurse & raise them. So few made it to adulthood. We spent many nights in the barn with heat lamps and bottles keeping watch over them. Alas most of them died. This is a beautiful photo.